Every Handbag You Should Own by the Time You're 30

Who doesn’t love making a list and ticking things off? Our favourite thing to tick off, is when we’ve had a wish list full of purchases waiting to be made, and we finally follow through with the checkout purchase. We’re yet to come across a woman who doesn’t love an excuse to buy a new handbag, so today we’re rounding up five styles every girl should own. Why? Because as you start to get older, your style evolves too, and sometimes, practicality just wins.

We asked London-based designer, Melissa del Bono of Meli Melo to round up the top five handbags every woman should own. Each bag is useful, timeless, and will actually serve a purpose in your wardrobe. From a weekender (time to ditch the bag you’ve been using since schoolies), to an oversized clutch, keep scrolling to shop the bags missing from your list!

“Growing up on the island of Lipari, wicker baskets always conjure up memories of my childhood. I find a basket is as useful on holiday, while enjoying island life as it is on the city streets on a summer's day. It’s a classic that will always be in style.”—Melissa del Bono 

Carry this woven basket bag over your shoulder, or with the hand straps.

The embellishments on this straw tote basically scream 'holiday'. 

“I love utilising a clutch bag during the day—I find an oversized clutch is more practical and can easily translate from day to evening use.”—Melissa del Bono

We can't wait for spring, so we can pair this marbled clutch with a denim mini dress.

“Backpacks don't need to bring back memories of high school and forgotten lunches lurking within! A classic leather backpack is a practical and a stylish alternative to a handbag. Personally, I find backpacks make me feel young and carefree. Carrying a backpack gives you that effortless French "je ne se quoi” vibe!—Melissa del Bono

This two-toned backpack can actually be worn as a shoulder bag, too. Genius.

The easiest way to add colour to your outfit is with accessories.

If you didn't already want to own a piece of Gucci, you will now.

“A good quality weekender or overnight bag is a must. It's a wonderful investment piece and will be with you for many years to come, reminding you of adventures past every time you pull it out.”—Melissa del Bono 

A chic overnighter will make you feel like a seasoned traveller.

Who else had a Sportsgirl tote as their first overnighter?

“Belt-bags are back and they are so cool! I love to wear a leather belt-bag if I'm running errands and only need to carry a few key items with me. Every woman should feel confident enough to leave everything at home, and just carry the essentials in a mini bag on the weekends.”—Melissa del Bono

An affordable piece to trial the trend.

This will easily fit your phone, money, and keys.


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